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Not all students will be scientists, but scientific understanding will be crucial for all students preparing to be college- and career-ready in the 21st century, according to education experts writing in the 19 April issue of the journal Science.

The “Grand Challenges in Education” special section explores the opportunities and obstacles facing science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education, at a time of high interest in the field.

Wild insects pollinate major agricultural crops—from cotton to blueberries—more effectively than hives of honeybees managed by humans, according to a massive international study.

In their report in the 1 March issue of Science, Lucas Garibaldi of Universidad Nacional de Río Negro in Argentina and colleagues also conclude that honeybees only add to the pollinating power of the wild insects, and can’t replace their pollination services.

You could call it the “Carl Sagan Trap,” after the late Cornell astronomer who was chided by some of his colleagues for spending too much time as a science popularizer. Far too many scientists still see themselves in this trap, seemingly caught between being a top-notch researcher and a public communicator.